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Feb. 3, 2017

 

Each
year, Indiana students get a chance to see firsthand how a legislature really
works through the Indiana House Page Program, but slots for this year are
quickly filling up.

 

“We have nearly all dates filled up in which there is a
legislative session, so students need to sign up immediately if they want a chance to page,” said Nathan
Kenny, Director of Students Services for the Indiana House Page Program. “We
try to cap the number of pages at 35-40 per day.”

 

Remaining available dates during the legislative session
are April 11, 17, 24, 25, 26. The application deadline is March 1.

 

Through the House Page Program, students age 13-18 spend a day inside the historic
Indiana Statehouse meeting state representatives from both parties in an effort
to see politics at work. Pages also tour the Statehouse, including the House
Chamber, Supreme Court, the governor’s office and the Senate Chamber.

 

On days
when the General Assembly is in session, a few of the pages are allowed to view
the proceedings from the floor of the Indiana House of Representatives; the remaining
students watch the session from the public viewing gallery.

 

“Students get to see the legislative process in person
and meet their representative who, many times, will talk with them about what
is going on currently with legislation as well as the general processes of
government,” said Kenny. “Before and after session, if there is time, we try to
get the legislative assistants of the representatives to have the pages help
them with various tasks while also showing another side to how the legislative
process works. Just before session, we have students deliver paperwork to the
representatives’ desks and get them to sign documents.”

 

Students generally work with the state representative
from their district unless otherwise requested. The program begins at 8:15 a.m.
and ends at 3:15 p.m., with an hour for lunch (depending on the time the Legislature
meets).

 

To sign up for Indiana House Page Program, visit  http://indianahousedemocrats.org/students/page or http://www.indianahouserepublicans.com/page-program/.